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Before you use this Dr. Karlheinz® masterpiece for the first time, kindly remind yourself of the following golden rules to enhance its life.

Cleaning Instructions
-  Never hold soiled/wet instrument in a dry container as it may allow blood and debris to dry on to the instrument surface. As a result, it will not only make cleaning more difficult but it can also leave some tough stains on the surface.
-  Immediately after application, remove organic materials by rinsing the instrument in an approved instrument cleaning solution.
-  Do not mix dissimilar metals. For example, stainless steel instruments with carbon steel or aluminum.
-  Ultrasonic cleaning is recommended as the preferred method of cleaning orthodontic instruments.
-  While cleaning, ensure the hinged instruments are in open position so that the joints and ratchets should be fully exposed to the cleaning process.
-  Upon completion of the cycle, remove the instruments and immediately rinse them.
-  Dry thoroughly with a towel, ensuring no moisture is left on the instruments.
-  Immediately after cleaning, lubricate the instrument joint with an approved dental instrument lubricant.
-  Application of an approved dental instrument lubricant to the hinged joint, after every cleaning cycle, will help to prevent rust and corrosion and ensure smooth operation.
-  Phenols must not be used as disinfection agent.

Autoclaving Instructions
-  Only use distilled water in the autoclave reservoir. Tap water will cause staining as it leaves mineral deposits on instruments surface.
-  Prior to autoclaving, lubricate the nipper with an approved dental instrument lubricant.
-  You may autoclave orthodontic instruments individually or in sets, ensuring no instruments made of dissimilar metals are autoclaved together.
-  Instruments must be thoroughly dried immediately after autoclaving; water droplets remaining on stainless steel will result in surface oxidation (rust spots)
-  After successfully autoclaving your instruments and prior to using them again, make sure all instruments are well lubricated with an approved dental instrument lubricant. Otherwise, it will not only stiffen the ride of the instruments but may also damage their mechanism.
-  Recognized minimum exposure periods for sterilization of wrapped healthcare supplies are 30 minutes
at 121°C (250°F) in a gravity displacement sterilizer or 4 minutes at 132°C (270°F) in an autoclave.
-  Do not allow instrument to be heated above 177°C (350°F)

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